He, he, he….
Senator Bernie Sander is going to the gut of the Republicans to sell something he has campaigned for a long time….
To increase the ‘social’ safety net FOR Americans....
This is quite interesting: Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is traveling to Republican-held areas in Iowa and Indiana to hold town hall meetings in support of the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Sanders will be in Indiana on Aug. 27, and Iowa on Aug. 29, the source said.
Sanders is targeting districts where the Trump vote grew in 2020, arguing that the massive package Democrats are putting together will have huge benefits for middle-class Americans in those states, especially working families.
Sanders, who oversaw the Senate’s passage of the multi-trillion dollar budget resolution that paves the way for reconciliation, has turned into a sort of one-man P.R. offensive on the Democratic package. Earlier this month, he wrote op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. Sanders has also done interviews with media outlets in 14 states that have two GOP senators.
Republicans often bring up Sanders when attacking the Democratic plan, which will allow Congress to pass big chunks of President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Family Plan with a simple majority vote. For instance, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of wanting to “outsource domestic policy to Chairman Sanders,” while the NRSC has repeatedly targeted Sanders and the “Bernie Budget.”
Yet Sanders is also the most passionate advocate for the proposal as well. Sanders pushed hard for expanding Medicare to include coverage of the vision, dental and hearing programs as part of reconciliation, as well as allowing Medicare to negotiate on prescription drug prices. And his message on growing income inequality in the U.S. economy has become an issue both parties talk about frequently. Sanders’ longtime opposition to trade deals — which he says often favor corporate America at the expense of workers — sounds a lot like what became the GOP mantra under former President Donald Trump….